We've been making smoothies on a bicycle in the Seattle, WA area since 2013. Check out our story and timeline:
An inspiration is found
Founder Himanshu Mehru learned about bike powered blending after watching a video on the interwebs. Something about a non-profit at San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala.
Pedal Smoothies is born
A curiosity about bike-blending, love of bicycling, and an entrepreneurial drive led Himanshu to bring bike powered smoothies to the Seattle area. Inspired by the Guatemalan bike blender, he made his own version of the contraption. He then founded the company at his Everett, WA studio apartment while going to school full-time.
Putting it to the test
Friends helped with testing the new contraption and developing the first menu. Yummy flavors were created over a fun-filled evening.
Open for business
Exactly one month after Himanshu first discovered this idea, Pedal Smoothies opened for business on June 9th, 2013 at the Mercer Island Farmers' Market.
Attention from media
During the summer break from college, more farmers' markets were added and Himanshu was pedaling smoothies on a bicycle 5 days a week. King 5 and other news media showed us some love too.
All Summer Long
People just kept coming back, week after week, through the summer. The community supported this unique business so well. People watched their loved ones ride while they took pictures and made memories.
Fun summer, now back to school
The entire summer of bike-blending was incredibly fun. On the business end, Pedal Smoothies was growing more quickly than one person could handle. However, it was time for Himanshu to go back to school.
Pedal Smoothies Goes to Guatemala
A new year. Himanshu graduated from college and decided to visit San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala - The Home of Bike Powered Smoothies. The non-profit in Guatemala that makes bike blenders for the local community is called Maya Pedal.
Volunteering at Maya Pedal
For the next 8 weeks, Himanshu volunteered at Maya Pedal and learned many new skills including welding.
Pedal Smoothies at Guatemala
While volunteering in Guatemala, Himanshu collaborated with other volunteers and worked on spreading the message of pedal power. Watch the video to learn more.
We made smoothies every chance we could
All the volunteers were always looking for the next opportunity to tell the bike-blender story. While traveling Guatemala, we made smoothies on a bicycle every chance we could. Here is a photo of the team at Antigua, Guatemala.
Pedal Smoothies Starts Catering Private Events
After returning from Guatemala, Pedal Smoothies took a new turn. We started catering private and corporate events. Actually, we were at all kinds of events: wellness fairs, biometrics testing, happy hours, employees appreciation, birthday parties, government events, etc. Check out our gallery for more event photos.
We decided to do catering events only
In 2016, we've decided to participate only at catered private and corporate events. We won't be present at any of the Seattle area farmers' markets. This decision is only for the year 2016 and we'll be back at the farmers' markets in 2017.